Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world's greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling.
Three separate stories follow three main characters:
--Edson is a self-ma ...more
Ali poslednja dva poglavlja (od ukupno osam) su me smorila do plača. Šteta, odavno nisam zveknula pet zvezdica nekom štivu.
There are three parallel stories told in different time frames in ...more
A simple enough recipe for achieving life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Throw into the mixture a handful of spices: quantum computers, quantum knives, quantum tattoos. Sprinkle in some Gaian Goddesses and robotic surveillance angels; add a dash of Cosmic Christ. But don’t let anyone know that t ...more
Regular readers know that I ended up lucking into a cool situation this month; I just happened to be able to get my hands on half of the ten books nominated this year for either the Philip K Dick Award (recognizing the best experimental science-fiction novel of the year) or the Hugo Award (acknowledg ...more
While waiting for Ian McDonald's Luna: Wolf Moon to come out later this year, I decided to dive into his back catalog with Brasyl. I sure thought Luna: New Moon was flavored with Brazilian culture (the main family are Brazilian immigrants to the Moon), but Brasyl is, well, all about it!
Three people in three times are sucked into the dangerous world of quantum computing and parallel universe conspiracies: reality TV producer Marcelina in 2006, flamboyant go-go-go! entrepreneur Edson in the 2030's...more
Besides that, you definitely still need to give this book some time to dra ...more
"Brasyl" explores the concept of multiple universes in a whole new way. The end was a total surprise. I will definitely be re-reading this book.
Lo que nos cuenta. A comienzos del siglo XXI, Marcelina Hoffman es una ambiciosa productora de televisión residente en Río de Janeiro y que siempre está pensando en nuevos programas para aumentar la audiencia. En 2032, Edson Jesus Oliveira de Freitas es un buscavidas de Sao Paulo que debe buscar la ayuda de expertos en cuántica del lumpen local tras robar un bolso protegido por dicha tecnología. Luis Qu ...more
A szerző A dervisház írásakor olyan könyvet szeretett volna, ami „törökösebb”, mint ha egy ...more
This book is really three different storylines that deal with the 'many worlds' universe. The three stories all take place at different times in Brasil, from the 1730s of colonial Brazil to the contemporary Brazil of 2006 to the future Brazil of 2033.
I don't know how this book would be comprehensible to someone who hasn't lived in Brazil. No, not comprehensible, it's just that the author throws so much brazilian verbiage ...more
His novels - the two I have read - are set in relatively near futures, in unconventional settings: Brazil, or Turkey, or other nations that are neither USA / Europe (nor Japan or ...more
Then the next 150 confusing, scattered, seemingly random pages happened. It might be that I am too dumb to keep up but the story was too convoluted and fragmented for me to kee ...more
Writing Style: 2/5
My conclusion upon reading River of Gods was that Ian McDonald was a remarkably talented world-builder and author who picked an unfortunate (for my tastes) writing style and science fiction subgenre. I read Brasyl wondering if he was versatile.
He's not. At least, he doesn't showcase versatility here. Like River of Gods this is a cyberpunk, near future, Third World, multiple-character, intertwining plotline, pushing-the-envelope romp throu ...more
Egyszerűen nem éreztem magam jól azokban a világokban, amelyeket ábrázolt, még a 2006-ban játszódó történet sem tudott közel kerülni hozzám. Mind3 sztori Brazíliában játszódik, különböző korokban (1732, 2006 és 2033). Talán túl európai vagyok én ehhez a világhoz. Valljuk be, Dél-Amerika egy gyökeresen más kultúra, életmód. McDonald remekül ábrázolja az ország színes forgatagát, a v ...more
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Marcelina Hoffman was well on her way to becoming a Botox junkie.
Such a simple treat; the beauty salon was on the same block as Canal Quatro. Marcelina had pioneered the lunch-hour face lift to such an extent that Lisandra had appropriated it as the premise for an entire series. Whore. But the joy began in the lobby with Luesa the receptionist in her high-collared white dress saying “Good afternoon, Senhora Hoffman,” and the smell of the beautiful chemicals and the scented candles, the lightness and smell of the beautiful chemicals and the scented candles, the lightness and brightness of the frosted glass panels and the bare wood floor and the cream-on-white cotton wall hangings, the New Age music that she scorned anywhere else (Tropicalismo hippy-shit) but here told her, “you’re wonderful, you’re special, you’re robed in light, the universe loves you, all you have to do is reach out your hand and take anything you desire.”
Eyes closed, lying flat on the reclining chair, she felt her work-weary crow’s-feet smoothed away, the young, energizing tautness of her skin. Two years before she had been to New York on the Real Sex in the City production and had been struck by how the ianqui women styled themselves out of personal empowerment and not, as a carioca would have done, because it was her duty before a scrutinizing, judgmental city. An alien creed: thousand-dollar shoes but no pedicure. But she had brought back one mantra among her shopping bags, an enlightenment she had stolen from a Jennifer Aniston cosmetics ad. She whispered it to herself now, in the warm, jasmine-and vetiver-scented sanctuary as the botulin toxins diffused through her skin.
Because I’m worth it.”